This toddler has a brighter look in her eyes now that Finding Freedom through Friendship has started sponsoring her in our program. The monthly food donations are rounding out her cheeks, and she will soon be too big to ride on her mother's back, as she is shown above. Her mother still needs a water filter, and a wood stove to keep Lesbia safe from open fires, and yes, that is a pig in the street outside of her home. We can never make things as right for this toddler and her family as we would like to. But our board members sleep better at night knowing that we are making things better for 12 abandoned mother's and their children. Lesbia didn't ask to be born into this kind of grinding poverty that keeps her Mayan family and neighbors tired, malnourished and under-educated. But when she is older, she may ask why there weren't more resources available to help her get the education, healthcare and shelter she will need. We hope to have the answers for her.
Miguel and his mother Maria, receiving their food donations last week
Maria, the widow shown (right) with one of her five children, has never seen an Easter basket. She most likely would not understand the concept of using valuable eggs as decorations, or of filling decorated baskets with dyed eggs that won't be eaten. The broom behind her sweeps a dirt floors and yard; there is no grass to hide Easter items in. Her children will not receive new holiday clothing, or shoes. Candy is not in their reality. Money, if it were available to this illiterate impoverished rural Guatemalan mother, would not be used for frivolous holiday items for her children, it would be used for corn, the vital staple of Central American Mayan diets. On this particular Easter holiday, Miguel and his family are fortunate to have received the donation of 100 lbs of corn, 50 lbs of beans, rice, cooking oil, sugar and coffee. The Easter gift for Miguel and his siblings is not Easter candy. It is having a mother who smiles more often, knowing that she can now meet the basic needs for education, shelter and food for her children. Thank you, Finding Freedom through Friendship donors, for sharing the true meaning of Easter with this family.